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AANE - Asperger SyndromeListed below, in chronological order, are upcoming events sponsored by AANE. Please contact AANE if you have any questions about these events.

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Advance registration with payment is required for all programs in order for your registration to be confirmed. Early registration is highly recommended due to limited seating. After the deadline, please call AANE at (617) 393-3824, ext. 10, to check if the program is still being held and if space is available. AANE reserves the right to cancel if the minimum enrollment is not met by the registration deadline. If you register for a workshop and are a no-show, there are no refunds nor credits given to attend another workshop.

Child & Teen 2014 – 2015 Workshop Catalog
For a complete listing of our face-to-face and webinar workshops, please click on the link above.

Webinar Catalog
Online learning is now available! In addition to the programs listed below, we now offer online learning via webinars, which are accessible using your computer or telephone. Online registration only.

On-Demand Training
Now you can watch recordings of our presentations at your convenience 24/7. Online registration only.

Upcoming AANE Events

Events - AdultsHow Should I Say It? A Workshop for Neuroexceptional Couples

Date/Time: January 10th, 10am-4pm; January 11th, 9am-3pm
Location: AANE Office, 51 Water Street, Suite 206, Watertown, MA 02472
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This workshop is designed to address the communication issues in relationships in which one member of the couple identifies as having Asperger's or a related autism spectrum profile and the other member does not. Using a combination of action methods, group members will experience what it might feel like to be in each other's shoes and to learn an alternative approach to communication from that perspective. We will be concrete and specific use action methods to practice new skills, facilitate discussions to increase understanding of each other's neurological differences that manifest in daily life, and work on strategies to improve communication.

Events - Parents of TeensEvents - Parents of AdultsEvents - AdultsAsperger Syndrome and Adult Life: Navigating the Massachusetts Public and Private Supports and Service Systems

AANE's Annual Benefit Conference 2015

Date: Saturday, January 10, 2015 (snow date January 11)
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Location: Lasell College, Newton, MA
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This is a full-day conference for adults with AS/related profiles and parents of adults and older teens with AS/related profiles. Experts will explain the many public and private supports that may be appropriate for adults who live in Massachusetts.

PDFs

Events - Parents of ChildrenEvents - Parents of TeensParenting Without Panic Support Group

Date: (Sundays) January 11, 2015, February 8, 2015
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Location: AANE Office, 51 Water Street, Suite 206, Watertown, MA 02472
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Do you ever wish that having a child on the Asperger/Autism Spectrum came with instant access to a support group?

Brenda Dater, author of Parenting without Panic and Director of Child and Teen Services at AANE, has provided parents with exactly that. In our four-session book/support group, we will discuss practical solutions to parents' frequently asked questions and common concerns. Topics to be addresses include: interacting with extended family, dealing with chronic stress and fostering resilience, handling vacations and holidays, and understanding behavior through an Asperger/Autism Spectrum lens.

Events - Parents of ChildrenEvents - Parents of TeensMy Child Just Got Diagnosed -- Now What?

Dates: (choose one) Jan. 12, March 9, May 11, Aug. 7
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Location: AANE Office, 51 Water Street, Suite 206, Watertown, MA 02472
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When your child gets an Autism Spectrum diagnosis it's hard to know what to do first. Join other parents to learn about the most common characteristics of Asperger Syndrome/Autism Spectrum, including basic information about behavioral issues, parenting strategies, disclosure, and school concerns.

Events - Parents of TeensSupporting College Bound High School Students

Date: January 13, 2015
Time: 10 am – 12:00 am
Location: Webinar
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Students with Asperger Syndrome and related Autism Spectrum profiles may be very bright and academically motivated, but that is not sufficient to ensure success in college! In this webinar, participants will learn practical strategies to foster students' independence and self-advocacy during the high school years, and how to engage in long-term planning that can prepare students for a smoother transition to college life.

Events - EveryoneSurprising Findings from a Wristband Designed to Measure Stress

Date: January 18, 2015
Time: 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Location: AANE Office, 51 Water Street, Suite 206, Watertown, MA 02472
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This talk will highlight work done at the MIT Media Lab over the last several years, developing a wristband that measures autonomic stress (the "fight or flight" component) and working with people on the autism spectrum to help their emotional and sensory changes be better understood. I will demonstrate how technology works and also cover some of the most surprising scientific findings it has elicited.

Events - Parents of TeensWelcome to the Teen Years

Date: January 20, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: AANE Office, 51 Water Street, Suite 206, Watertown, MA 02472
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Parents often ask two big questions about their teens: "Who is this person living in my house?" and "Is this behavior because of Asperger's or is this what all teens are like?" This workshop addresses both of those questions. We cover adolescence and puberty and the special challenges they present for teens with Asperger/Autism Spectrum, as well as what you can do to help your teen meet those challenges.

Events - Parents of TeensGetting Transition Assessments and Using Them to Obtain and Create Transition Goals and Services

Date: January 21, 2015
Time: 10 am – 11:30 am
Location: Webinar
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In this webinar, we will discuss how neuropsychological evaluations and a variety of specific functional assessments can strengthen the process of transition planning and the delivery and evaluation of transition services. We will discuss specific types of evaluations and how the student, parents, and educators can take the information the assessments reveal and put it to work for the benefit of the student. This webinar is recommended if your child is 13 years or older. (If a student is 22-year-old or has graduated from high school, the workshop is not relevant.) Even if you do not live in Massachusetts, this workshop is relevant, because federal law (IDEA, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) mandates the delivery of transition services to students on IEPs.

Events - EveryoneSenses & Sensibilities: An Inside View on Sensory Issues with Stephen Shore

Date: January 21, 2015
Time: 7 pm – 9 pm
Location: Webinar
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The variation in perception of sensory stimuli for many with autism often causes great discomfort and the information received may be not even be usable. The aim of this presentation is to enable susceptible individuals and those close to them to avoid and minimize the effect of sensory overload through easy-to-implement solutions, thereby enabling those with sensory issues to lead fulfilling and productive lives.

Events - Parents of ChildrenSupport Group for Parents of Tween Girls (ages 9-12)

Date: (Sunday) January 25, 2014
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Location: AANE Office, 51 Water Street, Suite 206, Watertown, MA 02472
Registration Closed

This 4-week group provides an opportunity for parents to discuss issues that affect girls on the Asperger/Autism Spectrum as they enter puberty. We will share our experiences, brainstorm solutions, and share helpful resources and strategies. Topics may include: friendship, health and hygiene, safety, and self-esteem.

Events - Parents of ChildrenHomework Help!

Date: January 28, 2015
Time: 10 am – 11:30 am
Location: Webinar
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Is your child's homework causing a lot of stress in your family? You're not alone. Join Brenda Dater, author of Parenting without Panic and Director of Child and Teen Services at AANE, to learn why homework is challenging and what you can do to help. You'll walk away with practical strategies to help your children "show what they know" and cut down on the time spent fighting over homework. We'll use real homework examples to illustrate how to turn a confusing or overwhelming assignment into one your child can understand and manage.

Events - Parents of AdultsEvents - Parents of TeensHolding On and Letting Go

Date: February 4, 2015
Time: 10 am – 11:30 am
Location: Webinar
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Parents of teens and young adults with Asperger Syndrome often concentrate on making sure their children have the skills they need to move from school to college or career with great success and independence. This webinar will offer a perspective on supporting your child into that transition, when the relationships and roles between parents and children has to transition as well. A major focus will be on increasing self-understanding, self-advocacy and the ability to work with others at school, on the job, and in the community.

Events - Parents of ChildrenPlaydates

Date: February 11, 2015
Time: 10 am – 11:30 am
Location: Webinar
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The playdate is a staple of friendship for elementary school age kids, yet it is a struggle for kids with Asperger's or a related Autism Spectrum profile. This workshop will take you through the steps of a successful play date including choosing a friend to invite, picking appropriate activities, parental involvement, and conflict resolution. We will also review how to teach your child social and friendship skills through these experiences.

Events - Parents of ChildrenSupport Group for Parents of Tween Boys (ages 9-12)

Date: (Wednesdays) February 11, March 11, April 8, May 13, 2015
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Location: AANE Office, 51 Water Street, Suite 206, Watertown, MA 02472
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This 4-week group provides an opportunity for parents to discuss issues that affect boys on the Asperger/Autism Spectrum as they enter puberty. We will share our experiences, brainstorm solutions, and share helpful resources and strategies. Topics may include: friendship, motivation, school life, health and hygiene, and special issues.

Events - Parents of AdultsEvents - AdultsEvents - ProfessionalsEvents - Parents of TeensAsperger Syndrome & Sexuality: For Adolescence to Adulthood

Date: February 17, 2015
Time:: 7 pm – 9 pm
Location: Webinar
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This webinar examines intimate relationships in individuals with Asperger's or a related Autism Spectrum profile. It is intended for parents, professionals, spouses, and individuals with Asperger/Autism Spectrum profiles from adolescence to adulthood. In a relationship, the expression of traits and behaviors linked to Asperger's or a related Autism Spectrum profile vary according to several factors such as prior experiences, self-disclosure, acceptance of the syndrome, quality of communication, family situation, mutual support, partner motivation, and many more. The presentation will explore issues such as development, intimacy, empathy, sexual desire, commitment, and safety.

Events - Parents of TeensTransition to High School

Date: February 25, 2015
Time: 10 am – 11:30 am
Location: Webinar
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The transition to high school can be challenging for students and parents. Join Brenda Dater, author of Parenting without Panic and Director of Child and Teen Services at AANE, as she shares what parents and students should expect and plan for in academics, organization, social interactions, and interventions, as well as practical strategies for making the transition as smooth as possible for everyone.

Events - Parents of TeensEvents - TeensPerspectives on College Life for Teens* and Parents of Teens

Date: March 1, 2015
Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: AANE Office, 51 Water Street, Suite 206, Watertown, MA 02472
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Are you a teen who is considering/planning to attend college? Are you wondering:

  • What is a "Gap Year" and how could I do that?
  • What are the best and most challenging parts of college for someone like me?
  • Should I write about Asperger's in my college essay? Why or why not?
  • What type of college environment will work for me?
  • Should I live at home or away?
  • Should I ask for a single room if I live away?
  • How can I make friends at college?
  • How will I have time for everything I like to do AND do everything I have to do?

Come hear what current students or recent graduates with Asperger Syndrome have to say about their college experiences. Also hear the perspective of parents of college students. There will be refreshments, a packet of college information, and plenty of time to ask questions.

(*Teens must be accompanied by a parent.)

Events - Parents of ChildrenEvents - Parents of TeensUnderstanding the Asperger/Autism Spectrum IEP Process

Date: March 5, 2014
Time: 10 am– 12:00 am
Location: Webinar
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This workshop is designed to empower parents as advocates for your children in the IEP (Individual Education Plan) process. It will provide you with a foundation of knowledge, practical strategies, and effective approaches to working with your child's school in a collaborative and productive way. You will learn about IEPs, services needed in school, and Massachusetts law. It will also address the learning and generalization of nonacademic skills such as: social skills, organizational skills, self-advocacy, and independent living skills. You will leave with a worksheet for IEP planning that you can update and use each year.

Events - Parents of ChildrenEvents - Parents of TeensWriting Measurable IEP Goals

Date: March 19, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: AANE Office, 51 Water Street, Suite 206, Watertown, MA 02472
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This workshop provides practical strategies for writing IEP goals and objectives to meet your child's needs. We address the main areas that are usually covered in the IEP of a students with Asperger's/Autism or a related diagnosis. These may include social-emotional goals, social pragmatics, self-regulation, self-advocacy, written expression, and organization and planning. You will leave with the tools you need to analyze your child's current IEP and to develop goals and objectives that are easy to understand and measure.

Events - Parents of TeensWelcome to the Teen Years

Date: March 23, 2015
Time: 10 am – 11:30 am
Location: Webinar
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Parents often ask two big questions about their teens: "Who is this person living in my house?" and "Is this behavior because of Asperger's or is this what all teens are like?" This workshop addresses both of those questions. We cover adolescence and puberty and the special challenges they present for teens with Asperger/Autism Spectrum, as well as what you can do to help your teen meet those challenges.

Events - AdultsCultivating Relationships: How to Make and Keep Friends with Rudy Simone

Date: April 21, 2015
Time: 7 pm – 8:15 pm
Location: Webinar
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We on the spectrum make loyal non-game-playing friends, but some aspects of AS make relationships difficult for us. Self-esteem issues can cause us to choose the wrong sort of mate or pal. Once we have a partner/friend, other things can cause friction: ritual and routine, sensory issues, perfectionism, bluntness, logical and literal thinking, empathy issues and being misunderstood, among others. Learn to see yourself as others see you and also learn to appreciate what you do have to offer.

Events - Parents of ChildrenEvents - Parents of TeensWhy Does My Child Behave Like That?
Practical Strategies for Parents of Kids on the Autism Spectrum

Date: April 30, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: AANE Office, 51 Water Street, Suite 206, Watertown, MA 02472
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Do you ever feel frustrated by your child's behavior? What can we do as parents to help our children on the Autism Spectrum increase their ability to stay calm, cope better with frustration, get along better with others, think more flexibly, solve everyday problems, and transition with less trauma?

Join Brenda Dater, author of Parenting without Panic and Director of Child and Teen Services at AANE, to learn practical strategies to make home life function more smoothly.

Events - Parents of TeensYes I Can! Fostering Teens' Self-Knowledge, Self-Esteem, and Assertiveness

Date: May 5, 2015
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: AANE Office, 51 Water Street, Suite 206, Watertown, MA 02472
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To live effectively in the neurotypical world, adults with Asperger's need to understand their individual profile of challenges and strengths, and know when and how to ask for any help or accommodations they need. This workshop will address how parents can help teens become more self-aware and more effective at self-advocacy.

Events - Parents of ChildrenEvents - Parents of TeensHelping Your Child Make Friends

Date: May 20, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: AANE Office, 51 Water Street, Suite 206, Watertown, MA 02472
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Many parents report that their children have a hard time making friends and maintaining friendships. This workshop addresses the reasons our kids have difficulty with this particular set of skills and how parents can help their children learn these skills. We take parents step-by-step through the whole process, from the types of friendships children develop, to where to meet potential friends, to planning a get-together with a friend.

Events - Parents of TeensEvents - Parents of AdultsEstate Planning

Date: June 1, 2015
Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Webinar
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How can you protect and provide for your son/daughter with an Asperger/Autism Spectrum diagnosis once you are gone or if you should become seriously ill or disabled? Do you have a will? Do you need to create a special needs trust? Many families feel confused and overwhelmed when facing these tough decisions. Let Atty. Ken Shulman demystify the process and help you figure out how to begin taking appropriate action.

Events - Parents of ChildrenEvents - Parents of TeensAppy Hour: Apps for Learning and Organization

Date: June 8, 2, 2014
Time: 7 pm – 9 pm
Location: Webinar
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Appy Hour is a fast-paced sharing of iOS (Apple) apps. This session provides an overview of app options within targeted categories, but is not a substitute for in-depth training on specific apps. A brief overview of assistive technology assessment and evaluating apps will also be covered. Targeted areas will be: executive function; social cognition/pragmatics; self-regulation; and written communication. Other category options: augmentative and alternative communication; motor skills; Arts education; learning to read; reading to learn; STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics); recreational/leisure; life skills; and teacher tools.